Dr. Maya Angelou WHO?

This past year I had the privilege of listening to Dr. Maya Angelou speak at my university.  I was in fan girl heaven.  Now I have known of Angelou for years but never really fell in love with her work until Tyler Perry’s  “Madea’s Family Reunion.”  It was her poem “In and Out of Time” that pushed me over the edge into Angelou love.

Her speech was nothing more than her sitting on stage just talking to us about her life.  I could have not been more enthralled or focused.  She was so carefree and full of life to be 85 years old.  Though she has seen so much in her lifetime and her accounts of movements and her achievements are grand I found myself waiting impatiently for her to speak her poetry to the audience.  Her voice so gravely and aged danced through the words and brought them to life.  Sadly she did not recite “In and Out of Time” but each work was a part of her that filled the room.  Any writer would hope to accomplish what she has in her literary lifetime.

Please enjoy one of my favorite works by her…

“In and Out of Time”

The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance…
our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out of time.
When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun
and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor
I had always loved you more.
You freed your braids…
gave your hair to the breeze.
It hummed like a hive of honey bees.
I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there….
Mmmm…God how I love your hair.
You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance.
Lost, injured, hurt by chance.
I screamed to the heavens….loudly screamed….
Trying to change our nightmares to dreams…
The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out
in and out
in and out
of time.

I am lucky to have witnessed her speak in my lifetime and it is a memory I will never forget.

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